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World Pope in Japan says world must rethink reliance on nuke power

05:05  25 november  2019
05:05  25 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Pope heading to Thailand to encourage Catholic minority

  Pope heading to Thailand to encourage Catholic minority VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to Thailand to encourage members of a minority Catholic community in a Buddhist nation and highlight his admiration for their missionary ancestors who brought the faith centuries ago and endured persecution. After an overnight flight, Francis arrives in Bangkok on Wednesday afternoon and will rest for the remainder of the day before his first full day of public appearances Thursday. Francis’ three-dayAfter an overnight flight, Francis arrives in Bangkok on Wednesday afternoon and will rest for the remainder of the day before his first full day of public appearances Thursday.

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TOKYO (AP) — Pope Francis met Monday with victims of Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster and called for the world to rethink its reliance on nuclear power as it considers the planet it wants to leave to future generations.

Pope arrives in Thailand to encourage Catholic minority

  Pope arrives in Thailand to encourage Catholic minority Pope Francis arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday to begin a tour of Thailand and Japan, part of a mission to boost the morale of those countries’ tiny minority Catholic communities and speak about issues of concern including human trafficking and peacemaking. He is expected to highlight his admiration in Thailand for the community’s missionary ancestors who brought the faith to this Buddhist nation centuries ago and endured bouts of persecution more recently.

Pope Francis said Sunday a world without nuclear weapons is "possible and necessary," calling for action "on the part of all" to He is expected to call for a nuclear-free world in an address at the Peace Memorial Park in the western Japan city. The pope arrived in Japan on Sunday for a four-day tour

"We must not use nuclear weapons. I don't even think nuclear deterrence works," Hayashida told AFP at a He said he was "certain" that the pope -- who once hoped to become a missionary to Japan The attacks are still marked annually in Japan , but many survivors fear people are forgetting the

Francis recalled that Japan’s Catholic bishops called for the abolition of nuclear power plants in the aftermath of the “triple disaster,” in which three reactors at a nuclear plant in Fukushima melted down after an earthquake triggered a tsunami.

The meltdown coated the area in radioactive fallout and at one point forced the displacement of 160,000 people. Nine years later more than 40,000 people still can’t return home.

Francis didn’t make the call to abolish nuclear power in his speech before victims. But in citing the position of Japanese bishops, he made clear that “important decisions will have to be made about the use of natural resources, and future energy sources in particular.”

Pope Francis carries anti-nuclear message to Japan

  Pope Francis carries anti-nuclear message to Japan Pope Francis arrives in Japan on Saturday, where he is expected to deliver a robust anti-nuclear message of peace in the only country to have suffered an atomic bomb attack. The 82-year-old Argentine is fulfilling a long-cherished ambition to preach in Japan, where years ago he hoped to be a missionary. His four-day trip will take in visits to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, cities forever associated with the nuclear bombs dropped on them at the end of World War II, killing at least 74,000 people and 140,000 people respectively.

"We must not use nuclear weapons. I don't even think nuclear deterrence works," Hayashida told AFP at a He said he was "certain" that the pope -- who once hoped to become a missionary to Japan The attacks are still marked annually in Japan , but many survivors fear people are forgetting the

World leaders especially, he said , must ensure to not lose the memory of past mistakes. The pope urged the global community to eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons Francis also remembered the suffering and martyrdom of the Catholic community in Japan , many of whom died in the bombing.

“As we think about the future of our common home, we need to realize that we cannot make purely selfish decisions, and that we have a great responsibility to future generations,” he said. “Consequently, we must choose a humble and sober way of life that recognizes the urgent realities we are called to face.”

During his first full day in Japan on Sunday, Francis visited Nagasaki and Hiroshima — sites of where two U.S. atomic bombs were unleashed in World War II — and said both the use and possession of nuclear weapons was “immoral.”

He has not articulated a position on nuclear power, but the Vatican has previously called for the “safe, secure, and peaceful, development and operation of nuclear technologies.”

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